Gone are the days where either spinach and ricotta tortellini or mushroom risotto is the only veggie-option on every restaurant menu. Especially in London, we’re pretty lucky that whether we're after brunch or a five-course dinner, we have a wealth of plant-based options to choose from, right on our doorstep. So, to celebrate National Veggie Week, here are some of our favourites that are well-worth checking out…
Granger & Co. Whether you prefer a classic breakfast offering, like scrambled eggs on sourdough, or are searching for something more adventurous like corguette fritters or black lentil daal, Granger & Co. is our brunch-go to. It’s guaranteed to please everyone involved, and even offers sides of bacon or chorizo for anyone who can’t comprehend breakfast without the true full English experience. Their stand-out dish? Ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter – they really are as good as they sound!
For a Quick Lunch On-The-Go:
Crussh. Pret serves its purpose, but if you’re anything like us you’ve eaten that same falafel, beet hummus and mixed grain salad a few too many times! If you too need to switch things up, we’re currently crushing on Crussh, thanks to its range of healthy, veggie salads and hot pots. For seriously good food, fast, check out the paneer, spinach & sweet potato curry with brown & red rice or their range of vegan toasties.
For Vegan Health Fanatics:
By Chloe. Aiming to “redefine what it means to eat well”, this NYC-originated café has finally hit British soil with their wholesome plant-based food. Their menu sounds indulgent – we’re talking Mac N’ Cheese, Quinoa Taco Salads and their infamous selection of vegan burgers and fries – but is made with locally sourced ingredients in their most natural form. Trying to convince your pals that veggie/vegan food is neither boring nor bland? This is the place for you.
For A Family-Friendly Dinner:
Mildreds. For people unaccustomed to vegetarian dining, a menu full of cashew cheese sauces and tempeh burgers can seem a little overwhelming. Mildred’s is the place to go for unpretentious, homecooked, vegetarian food. The selection of curries, stir-frys and pies will please all your family members, no matter how young, old, or fussy! The only issue will be trying to get a table in this super popular spot…
For Vegan Junk Food:
PICKYWOPS. There’s a big misconception that veggies and vegans only eat salads. Just because you choose to avoid eating meat, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to treat yourself to take out every now and again! Instead of eating a dull Margherita pizza next time a craving hits, try heading to PickyWops in Fulham for their all-vegan menu. From different cheeses, a whole range of meat alternatives and 4 different pizza bases made from multigrain, spirulina, hemp or Kamut.
For a Veggie Pick and Mix Feast:
ETHOS. We’ve mentioned Ethos plenty of times before (like in our London’s Best Pick & Mix Cafés blog post, here), but we’re still singing its praises almost a year later. What can we say, it’s plant-based offerings are consistently delicious, and has us piling up our plates time and time again.
For A Fancy Dinner:
Vanilla Black. There’s no better feeling as a veggie than going to a restaurant and actually being able to pick anything on the menu. Vanilla Black is the place to book to experience a little fine-dining and creative cooking at a celebratory dinner. Expect unique ingredients, big flavours and beautiful plating with plants at the focus of every dish. They also have plenty of vegan options too!